WENATCHEE — The City Council on Thursday approved the annexation of just over 30 acres at the southern edge of the city.
Mayor Frank Kuntz said the action was initiated by a property owner interested in subdividing his land for residential development and getting city sewer service.
The property owner petitioned the city in May to have his 20 acres at the intersection of Okanogan Avenue and Circle Street annexed into the city. The city then asked 11 surrounding property owners if they were interested in being annexed, too. Two of those property owners said yes and the other nine said no.
The final annexation was 31.6 acres.
City leaders have gone back and forth on annexation in recent years. They launched a widespread annexation effort a few years ago but were met with opposition by many property owners. So they decided to back off and let residents approach the city, primarily if they were interested in hooking up to city sewer services.
Then earlier this year they shifted gears again when the mayor and City Council said they may consider forcing some areas to annex against their will.
In this week’s annexation, all of the property owners wanted to be annexed. But Kuntz said about a half dozen surrounding properties raised concerns during a public hearing Thursday about potential impacts the annexation may have on their properties, which are more rural.